Friday, 1 June 2012

DAP proposes a RM1 billion Sabah Endowment Fund that delivers 3Es of building human talent by providing education opportunities, uplift the economic livelihood of native Sabahans and end poverty



DAP proposes a RM1 billion Sabah Endowment Fund that delivers 3Es of building human talent by providing education opportunities, uplift the economic livelihood of native Sabahans and end poverty. Sabah is amongst the richest state in Malaysia but also amongst the most corrupt state as shown by the highest poverty rate in Malaysia.
The time has come for Sabahans to be treated with respect and be allowed to live with dignity. BN has continuously failed Sabah since 1963, not just in terms of giving only 5% of oil and gas revenues but also treating Sabah and Sarawak with contempt by fixing a lower monthly minimum wage of RM800 as compared to Peninsular Malaysia’s RM900.
Sabah has the second lowest water supply coverage, the highest “unaccounted for” population growth, the largest number of illegal immigrants or PTIs(pendatang tanpa izin), the highest poverty incidence, the poorest electricity/energy efficiency and supply as well as amongst the most corrupt.

Power supply is so unreliable that Sandakan is said not to be Sandakan without power breakdowns. Just last month, there was a power breakdown in Kota Kinabalu that crippled the entire city. The time has come to deal with 5 core issues are:-
1. Reaffirmation of the 20-point Malaysian Agreement, which led to Sabah combining with Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya forming Malaysia on 16 September 1963, to ensure its full compliance including respecting the religous rights of Sabahan Christians to use the word “Allah” in their Bible.
2. To increase the revenue sharing agreement of Sabah’s natural resources of oil and gas from the present low 5% to Sabah to 20%.
3. Establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the cause of the rise in PTIs in excess of the local population and check the uncontrolled inflow of illegal immigrants or PTIs with the express objective of punishing those officials abusing their powers by legalising the PTIs with PRs and citizenships;
4. Prevent land grabs and corruption(what happened to the RM500 million Saham Amanah Sabah that has diminished to less than RM 100 million?) so that the money saved can be used for building infrastructure of proper roads, drainage, reliable and efficient coverage of water and electrical supply.
5. Provide a RM1 billion Sabah Endowment fund that delivers 3Es of building human talent by providing education opportunities, uplift the economic livelihood of native Sabahans and end poverty. This Endowment fund would give cash handouts to the poor, provide equal economic opportunities, offer scholarships to the needy and install free wifi in public places not just in towns but also in villages. Penang has provided free wifi in public places throughout Penang. If Penang can do it, so can Sabah.
The good governance in Penang states have shown that a people-centric government can make us No. 1 in terms of investment and also the most liveable city in Malaysia. If Penang can do it, with Sabah’s weatlh of natural and human resources, Sabah can also be clean, green, safe and healthy. We just need the courage to change. Change shall set you free!